Apparently it’s “Stop The Bleed” month and there are some sales going on for bleeding control kits and supplies, so this might be a good opportunity to get some trauma kits installed at the Hive.
These would be separate from the existing first-aid station in that they would focus on situations involving catastrophic bleeding that need to be addressed immediately (such as if you lose an appendage).
Going off advice put out by the ACS Committee on Trauma and some emergency medical folks I know, these kits should contain the following at minimum:
- Tourniquet (CAT or SOF-T)
- Hemostatic Gauze (QuikClot or Celox)
- Nitrile Gloves
- Permanent Marker
Some additional recommended items:
- Emergency/Compression Bandage (“Israeli” Bandage, OLEAS Modular Bandage, or NAR Emergency Trauma Dressing)
- Vented Chest Seals
- Trauma Shears
Ideally these would be set up in areas where we’re more at risk of injuries that would result in traumatic bleeding, such as near Metal Working and Wood Working.
I’m thinking this kit or something similar would fit our needs:
(NARescue is having a 25% off sale this month)
I guess we should check what we already have then assess where we want to set up kits and what we want to purchase.